§ Lieut.-Colonel Macnamara
asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the difficulties of workmen who, because of accident, illness, etc., are making claims for workmen's compensation, but who are unable to draw National Health Insurance meanwhile; and whether he will make it compulsory in future for approved societies to provide for such people until their claims are settled?
§ Mr. Elliot
A society may, under Section 52 (1) of the National Health Insurance Act, pay benefit by way of advance pending the settlement of a claim for workmen's compensation. Societies use this power freely but I have noted the suggestion of my hon. and gallant Friend for examination when amending legislation is being considered.